HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Free, bottled water will be provided to those that live in the village of Hoosick Falls over fear of possible contamination in the groundwater.
Gordon Metcalfe was never concerned with living behind the manufacturing plant Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Hoosick Falls until company representatives discovered wells surrounding the site had high levels of a chemical called PFOA.
“It’s so close to here,” he said. “I mean, it’s only a few hundred yards away, and I didn’t realize it was such high levels of contamination.”
The possible contaminant isn’t federally regulated, so it’s hard to determine how dangerous it may be, but some studies have linked PFOA to thyroid disease, testicular cancer and kidney cancer. That’s why many people like Metcalfe have switched to bottled water.
“For precautions and health reasons,” Ralph Wyman of Hoosick Falls said. “It costs us money every month to go through 30 gallons of water.”
To take away that burden, beginning on November 29, Tops Supermarket will supply homeowners with up to five gallons of water per day for free courtesy of Saint-Gobain.
“Save us some money,” Wyman said.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest cooking days of the year. Many people have lived in the village their entire lives meaning they have always used the tap water. Some homeowners said there’s no reason to be alarmed but advised to stay vigilant.
“You still bathe with it. You still do dishes with it,” Metcalfe said. “I mean, you have no choice. I’m assuming if it was really a health hazard, they would close the water system down completely.”
The Hoosick Falls mayor said arrangements have been made for the water to be delivered at the senior center, St. Mary’s Academy, and nursing homes for people who are not physically able to pick up water.
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